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Scotland MMXXIII

Our Grade 3 band has decided on something big for 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯; the World Pipe Band Championships in 𝗦𝗖𝗢𝗧𝗟𝗔𝗡𝗗. If you're interested...

Brotherhood.

This is a great article written by Samson J. De Sessa and posted to the Fire Engineering website on 01/03/2013. Readers of the following...

The best laid plans…

Congratulations to Sgt. Billy Schield of the Chicago Police Department on his retirement; 31 years of Vaudeville and a pension! We know...

Look up.

We bid a fond farewell to snare drummer Caleb Markowski, who is graduating from high school and flying off to Liberty University and ...

How to leave your mark.

Joe Toscano and I worked at Incarnation summer camp in Connecticut a few decades ago. Joe went on to become an extremely loving father of...

Change Direction.

Life is all about turning points. Some people don’t embrace them, because they fear change – but over more than 30 years in pipe band...

Don’t take it for granted.

First and foremost I want to say thank you and that I was proud to be with each and everyone of you at everything we did this St....

Being in a pipe band is weird.

Being in a pipe band is weird. Those of us playing the bagpipes have elected to play, arguably, the world’s most cantankerous...

Because. Pipe Band.

Very few people have everything they want. True, some may have a lot more than others, but the vast majority of us have hopes that have...

Trust the dots.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” ~ Maya Angelou Can you remember what it was like? ...

Be Better.

On Monday, January 3, 2022 the members of Wake and District gathered virtually as we held our annual general meeting -- looking back at...

What came next.

With some momentum from 2020...we hoped for significant changes in 2021. Sadly, the changes didn't quite come to fruition. While we made...

How we keep our balance: Tradition

As we celebrated through our 15th year, we took a look at the traditions of Wake and District. It all began with small group of...

Boxing Day.

Today is Boxing Day; a holiday celebrated after Christmas Day, occurring on the second or third day of Christmastide. Though it...

Honorary Band Member.

On Saturday, 20 NOV 2021 the band held a Dining-Out in honor of our 15th Anniversary of making music together. As part of our...

Why Bagpipes?

The tradition of bagpipes and drums played at fire department and police department funerals in the United States of America goes back...

The Barren Rocks of Aden.

𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘽𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙚𝙣 𝙍𝙤𝙘𝙠𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝘼𝙙𝙚𝙣: This march is associated with the Gordon Highlanders Regiment, because it is played for...

Judged.

In response to some questions from outside the pipe band circle, we thought it might be helpful/interesting to provide some information...

Instruments of War.

In the photo above, Bud Hansen leads a group of USMC pipers with his drum, June 16th 1943. Northern Ireland There are various accounts of...